Srinagar, Apr 14: The virtue of facilitating or giving Iftar to others who are in fast has a great reverence and reward in the court of Almighty Allah, and Masjid-e-Bilal (RDA) located on the Bund, Srinagar is a place where at least 700 people breaks their fast every day.
The reports said nobody returns hungry from the Masjid-e-Bilal (RDA) during Iftar where hundreds gather every day to break their fast. The people working in the surroundings prefer to break their fast at the Masjid where they seek Allah’s mercy in congregation.
Fayaz Ahmad Punjabi, an elderly volunteer told Rising Kashmir that minimum 600 people break their fast at Masjid-e-Bilal (RDA) every day however the figure swells to 700 sometimes. “We lay rows of table cloth in the park in front of Masjid and make arrangement from the morning to facilitate Iftar”, Punjabi said.
Situated on the banks of Jhelum, the Masjid-e-Bilal has mesmerizing lawns and is famous all over for its hospitality especially in the holy month of Ramadhan.
The management of Masjid-e-Bilal is facilitating Iftar here from a long time, besides providing helping hand to poor and under-privileged through different kinds of donations in Ramadhan.
“It is a 25-year-old established tradition here to facilitate Iftar to Muslims in Ramadhan. Erstwhile juice and biscuits were served to break the fast however from last 8 to 10 years the menu has been changed”, Punjabi told.
He said, being centrally located in the heart of city the Masjid is famous for its discipline that attracts people voluntarily. “We witness huge footfall of people in Ramadhan who break their fast however the flow of people can’t be attended if discipline sans”, he said.
The Masjid has vast market in its surrounding which include shops, commercial complexes, government & private offices and other establishment where from huge number of people visit the Masjid for normal prayers regularly.
During Iftar one can see the how people try to get connected with their Creator. They can be seen weeping, crying and seeking mercy for the entire humanity.
Punjabi said people of far-off areas and tourists also visit the Masjid during Iftar to break their fast. “Many students of far-off places who are staying in city areas for academic purpose also break their fast here,”he added.
About preparations, the Punjabi said we bring fruits from Mandi early in the morning and start preparation from 10:00 am onwards. “We have devoted 4 volunteers to prepare Iftar since morning, however after Asr prayers more 6 volunteers join the operations to make it successful within a fixed period of time”, he added.
These volunteers ferry fruit plates, basil seed (drink), and dates to each and every row and put these on table cloth in an organized manner.
“It is a great deed in the court of Allah if one facilitates Iftar to others. Such kind of system should be in place in market places in Ramadhan”, Punjabi added.